Hundreds of Palestinian Families to Benefit from Job Opportunities in Hebron Governorate

ACF-Palestinian Territories, courtesy J. Pommerantz

Palestinian Territory—The international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International, in partnership with the Union of Agriculture Work Committees (UAWC) and Dura Cooperative Association for Agricultural Processing (DCAAP), announced today the launch of its second emergency employment project for Hebron Governorate. With funding from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), temporary job opportunities rehabilitating agricultural roads and in food production will be available for more than 550 unemployed men and women.

An opening ceremony took place at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Hebron office and was attended by ACF partners, civil society representatives, national authorities, and the participating municipalities. ACF and its partners UAWC and DCAAP will target those people who recently lost their jobs and have no other source of income. A total of 22,160 working days in road rehabilitation and food processing will be made available for the communities hardest hit by rampant unemployment.

“This project comes as an integral part of our immediate response to address the economic hardship in the targeted communities. The loss of work opportunities in Israel, following the building of the barrier, has placed enormous stress on the livelihoods of these communities,” said Mohammed Amayreh, the ACF representative for the southern West Bank.

Lina Rabadi, from ECHO explained that “ECHO’s cash-for-work programmes provide vulnerable individuals with short-term employment and a temporary income. In 2009, ECHO allocated €16.5 million for cash-for-work programs that benefit over 43,000 individuals and their families.”

The Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission (ECHO) provides emergency assistance and relief to victims of natural disasters or armed conflicts in more than 60 countries outside the European Union. Since 2000, ECHO has provided around EUR 550 million in aid for the neediest Palestinians in the Palestinian Territory, financing not only access to quality water, but also emergency job creation programs, primary and emergency health assistance, food aid and food security, and psychosocial care and protection services.

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